Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Hosts India thrashed England by a huge margin of an innings and 64 runs in the fifth and the final Test against England at Dharmashala on Saturday. With this victory, India won the five match series 4-1. After losing the first match, the Indian team came from behind to win the rest of the matches in an emphatic manner.

With the 4-1 series victory, India have now consolidated their position on top of the World Test Championship (WTC) points table. 

As per the WTC points table on March 3, India were leading the table with 64.58 point percentage (five wins in eight matches). England were eighth among nine teams with 19.44 point percentage. The other teams in the top five are New Zealand (60), Australia (59.09), Bangladesh (50) and Pakistan (36.66).

However, following their victory in the fifth Test, India have increased their lead at the top. The team has now 68.51 point percentage (six wins in 9 games). While England’s point percentage has reduced to 17.5, the other teams are where they were.

Notably, in the absence of star players like Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami and KL Rahul, debutants like Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel, Devdutt Padikall and Akash Deep impressed with their performance to lift India in the 5 match series against England.